How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost in San Antonio?

Written by Scott Barr of Southwest Exteriors
Updated June 15, 2021
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The next step is to learn all you can about them and explore different price ranges. However, this can be a serious undertaking because figuring out the cost of replacement windows has so many variables.

It can take a lot of your time and energy to reserach all the options available with all the various sales associates tromping through your home. Hiring the right window replacement professional is important, but to save you some legwork, here is an outline to follow for exploring window pricing.

The size, style or shape of a new window

You don't have to keep the exact window you currently have in place.

• Bigger windows are more expensive than smaller ones, for obvious reasons.• Fancy-shaped windows, like circles, half circles, will have a higher price than standard rectangular windows.• Picture windows (that don’t have any opening mechanism at all) are the least expensive. The next least expensive option is a single-hung window, followed by a double-hung window. Casement windows usually cost the most.• Sometimes, two or more smaller windows adjacent to each other can be replaced with one large window, decreasing the price.• Grids, grilles, or divided lights (which are all the same thing) will have an extra cost, from $25 to $50 more per window or sometimes priced per sash. Most of the time, the different grid styles will cost the same (i.e., prairie grids will usually be the same cost as colonial grids).

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The type of glass for a new window

All replacement windows installed in Texas are required to be Energy Star qualified, so you may not find the exact same type of replacement window as what you already have in your house. Windows with great energy ratings will have more value, so make sure to find out what will be on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels.

• Basic double-pane, also known double-glazed, glass is less expensive than triple-pane glass.• Thicker glass and a wider space between the panes typically raises the price.• Low-e coatings for the glass can cost more.• Argon gas between the panes will cost more, and an argon-nitrogen-krypton blend or other glass blends are considered high-end, and will increase the price.• Tempered glass costs extra.

The frame material of a new window

Surprising to some, the frame itself, not the glass, is probably the most significant overall price factor.

• Vinyl is the least expensive material; price increases with number of “chambers” in the frame.• Super-strong or composite vinyl is considered an upgrade as it may not be as bulky and will cost more.• Plain aluminum windows are no longer available in Texas as they are very poor insulators.• Aluminum windows with thermal breaks will cost 15 to 25 percent more than vinyl.• Fiberglass offers a range of prices in San Antonio, with some from 30 percent more up to double the cost of vinyl.• Composite (Fibrex) can cost twice as much as vinyl.• Natural wood is the most high-end frame material available and generally costs twice to three times as much as vinyl.

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Window installation and other expenses

The price of windows, unless bought at a distributor or warehouse, should include the cost of installation.

• Some companies tack on an extra cost for removing the existing window.• When removing windows, contractors who break out or shatter glass may charge less than those who carefully remove glass from the frame without breaking it.• Contractors with extensive training will charge more; workers with little or no official training will charge less for windows as minimally trained laborers save on expenses.

Additional expenses can include upgraded screens and window hardware. As you're obtaining quotes, be sure to review exactly what's covered in the price per window. Most companies will offer discounts based on the quantity of windows purchased. Some have minimum installation requirements, usually two to four windows, or they only allow smaller installations when the customer pays a surcharge of $200 to $400.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on August 5, 2013.

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About this Experts Contributor: Scott Barr’s first job in the home improvement industry was when he was 13 years old, and he has been with Southwest Exteriors since 1990. The company, which has earned consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards since 2007, provides replacement doors and windows in and around San Antonio, Texas. Follow this #ALExpert on Twitter @TeamSWEx.

As of June 1, 2015, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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